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International students' social engagement and social wellbeing in an Australian regional area


Yue, Y and Le, Q, International students' social engagement and social wellbeing in an Australian regional area, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, 2, (3) pp. 119-132. ISSN 2156-8960 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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The extent of social engagement with the local community is closely related to international studentsí sociocultural and psychological well-being, but the relevant literature shows that most students have inadequate or poor engagement with the host society. This study, in the context of a university in an Australian regional area, examines various factors related to these studentsí engagement with the local community and society. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected respectively by questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. The findings show that cultural differences, inadequate language competency, intercultural understanding, religion, psychological worries, and racial discrimination are six salient barriers obstructing international studentsí positive and effective social interaction. The limited contact with the local community is significantly associated with the international studentsí negative emotions, including homesickness, loneliness, anxiety and depression; and demographic factors such as age and gender are not significantly related to their social engagement, but length of stay and English proficiency in the host country have a significant impact.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Social Well-being, Racial Discrimination, Acculturation, International Students
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Yue, Y (Dr Yun Yue)
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
ID Code:84372
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2013-05-09
Last Modified:2014-05-08
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